Steady Pettersson atop Fry’s Open

By BOB BAUM
Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Carl Pettersson played steady in the warm sunshine in contrast to the erratic play around him.

The result was a one-stroke lead for the Swedish-born player Saturday through three rounds of the Fry’s Electronics Open.

Mark Hensby, playing in the same group, shared the lead until twice hitting into sand traps en route to a bogey on the par-4 18th.

With temperatures reaching into the low 90s, Pettersson shot a 6-under 64 on Saturday, tied for the best round of the day, and was at 13-under 197 in the Fall Series event on the 7,125-yard Raptor course at Grayhawk Golf Club.

“I played nice,” Pettersson said. “I only missed two greens and didn’t give myself any real opportunities to make bogeys. I played steady, and I putted pretty good, too.”

Hensby, with a 68, fell into a tie with Canadian Mark Weir at 12-under 198. Weir, the 2003 Masters champion who beat Tiger Woods in the Presidents Cup three weeks ago, followed Friday’s 64 with a 65.

“For the most part, I’ve put it on the smart side of the hole this week,” Weir said. “That’s what you have to do around here. The greens are very difficult, so you have to put it on the right spots.”

Jarrod Lyle also shot a 64 and was tied with second-round leader Ryan Moore (71), two back at 10-under 200. Moore, who began the day with a three-stroke lead, struggled with his putting and had bogeys on two of the final three holes.

Justin Leonard, Ben Crane and Daisuke Maruyama were three back at 10-under 201.

Pettersson, who moved from Sweden to North Carolina at age 15, felt comfortable with the Bermudagrass greens.

Phoenix-area courses have Bermudagrass in the scorching summer but are overseeded with rye grass in the fall.

“Obviously they have a lot of grain,” Pettersson said, “but you can see where the grain is going.”

Pettersson is playing his 29th tournament of the season and plans to participate in the remain two Fall Series events. He entered the week 39th on the money list at $1.79 million.

“I’m still trying to get in the top 30,” he said.

Pettersson has twice won on the tour – the 2006 Memorial and 2005 Chrysler Championship.

After three days of calm, gorgeous conditions, wind of 15 to 25 mph is forecast for Sunday.

“If it stays the same, you’ve got to play aggressive and just the way we have been and the score will be low,” Pettersson said, “but if it blows 30 (mph), I mean, everything goes out the window.”

Obviously perturbed by his final bogey, the Australian Hensby – who lives in nearby Mesa – left the course without talking to reporters. He entered the tournament 151st on the money list. He had the best round of the week at 61 on Friday.

The field was the strongest of the seven Fall Series events, but several of the bigger names, including Phil Mickelson, missed the cut Friday. With an overall purse of $5 million, $900,000 for the winner, the tournament is an opportunity for players such as Hensby to scramble into the top 125 on the money list to preserve their PGA Tour cards for next year.

Sean O’Hair was tied for the lead at 12 under before his tee shot went left into the water on the 211-yard, par-3 15th. He wound up with a double bogey, then bogeyed the 16th.

O’Hair ended the day at 8-under 200, tied with Billy Mayfair, last week’s winner George McNeill, Nick Watney and Kent Jones.

Mayfair, a local favorite born and raised in Phoenix, moved into contention with birdies on five of his first 10 holes to go to 11 under but faltered with four bogeys and a birdie on the final six.

Scores with relation to par from the thirdround of the Fry’s Electronics Open, played Oct. 20 at the par-70,7,135-yard Grayhawk Golf Club (Raptor) in Scottsdale, Ariz.:

  1. Carl Pettersson 67-66-64--197

    -13 2. Mark Hensby 71-61-66--198

    -12 2. Mike Weir 69-64-65--198

    -12 4. Jarrod Lyle 69-67-64--200

    -10 4. Ryan Moore 66-63-71--200

    -10 6. Justin Leonard 68-68-65--201

    -9 6. Ben Crane 66-66-69--201

    -9 6. Daisuke Maruyama 67-65-69--201

    -9 9. George McNeill 69-68-65--202

    -8 9. Sean O'Hair 68-66-68--202

    -8 9. Billy Mayfair 68-66-68--202

    -8 9. Nick Watney 65-68-69--202

    -8 9. Kent Jones 68-66-68--202

    -8 14. Brian Davis 70-67-66--203

    -7 14. Ryuji Imada 68-68-67--203

    -7 14. Arron Oberholser 67-68-68--203

    -7 14. Alex Cejka 68-67-68--203

    -7 14. Fredrik Jacobson 68-66-69--203

    -7 14. Rich Barcelo 67-67-69--203

    -7 14. Chris Stroud 69-65-69--203

    -7 21. Pat Perez 66-71-67--204

    -6 21. Will MacKenzie 68-69-67--204

    -6 21. Tim Clark 71-67-66--204

    -6 21. Mathias Gronberg 68-68-68--204

    -6 21. Briny Baird 70-65-69--204

    -6 21. Marco Dawson 67-67-70--204

    -6 21. Jason Gore 67-67-70--204

    -6 28. Bob Estes 72-64-69--205

    -5 28. Chris Riley 70-69-66--205

    -5 28. Cameron Beckman 73-67-65--205

    -5 31. Bo Van Pelt 70-68-68--206

    -4 31. D.J. Brigman 68-70-68--206

    -4 31. Tom Pernice, Jr. 66-69-71--206

    -4 31. Joe Durant 68-67-71--206

    -4 31. Chris Tidland 68-71-67--206

    -4 31. Michael Allen 63-71-72--206

    -4 31. Craig Barlow 70-70-66--206

    -4 38. Craig Lile 71-66-70--207

    -3 38. Jeff Quinney 68-69-70--207

    -3 38. Steve Flesch 68-68-71--207

    -3 38. Charles Warren 69-69-69--207

    -3 38. Ryan Armour 67-68-72--207

    -3 43. Kevin Sutherland 69-69-70--208

    -2 43. Jeff Gove 69-69-70--208

    -2 43. Dean Wilson 70-68-70--208

    -2 43. Garrett Willis 69-69-70--208

    -2 43. Joe Ogilvie 70-69-69--208

    -2 43. Bill Haas 70-70-68--208

    -2 49. John Mallinger 71-66-72--209

    -1 49. Ryan Palmer 67-71-71--209

    -1 49. Jason Dufner 68-70-71--209

    -1 49. John Merrick 67-68-74--209

    -1 49. Rich Beem 65-70-74--209

    -1 49. Paul Gow 70-69-70--209

    -1 49. Tim Herron 67-72-70--209

    -1 56. Stephen Ames 70-68-72--210

    E 56. Shigeki Maruyama 70-69-71--210

    E 56. Michael Putnam 68-71-71--210

    E 56. Jeff Maggert 72-68-70--210

    E 60. John Rollins 71-66-74--211
    + 1 60. J.P. Hayes 71-67-73--211
    + 1 60. Shaun Micheel 69-69-73--211
    + 1 60. Andrew Buckle 67-73-71--211
    + 1 64. Greg Owen 68-71-73--212
    + 2 64. J.B. Holmes 72-68-72--212
    + 2 66. Cliff Kresge 70-67-76--213
    + 3 66. Kevin Na 72-67-74--213
    + 3 66. Brendon de Jonge 71-68-74--213
    + 3 66. Ted Purdy 69-70-74--213
    + 3 66. Bob May 69-71-73--213
    + 3 66. Jason Schultz 68-72-73--213
    + 3 72. Tim Petrovic 71-69-74--214
    + 4 72. Frank Lickliter II 65-69-80--214
    + 4 72. Todd Hamilton 70-70-74--214
    + 4 75. Jerry Kelly 67-69-79--215
    + 5 • • •



    Missed the cut



    76. Rocco Mediate 71-70--141
    + 1 76. Bob Tway 69-72--141
    + 1 76. Craig Kanada 74-67--141
    + 1 76. Phil Mickelson 71-70--141
    + 1 76. Tom Lehman 69-72--141
    + 1 76. John Daly 71-70--141
    + 1 76. Glen Day 69-72--141
    + 1 76. Harrison Frazar 72-69--141
    + 1 76. Kirk Triplett 70-71--141
    + 1 76. Stewart Cink 71-70--141
    + 1 76. Robert Allenby 70-71--141
    + 1 87. David Branshaw 73-69--142
    + 2 87. Mathew Goggin 73-69--142
    + 2 87. Steve Lowery 73-69--142
    + 2 87. Michael Sim 71-71--142
    + 2 87. Parker McLachlin 74-68--142
    + 2 87. Jaco Van Zyl 73-69--142
    + 2 87. Aaron Baddeley 69-73--142
    + 2 87. Chris Couch 66-76--142
    + 2 87. Steve Marino 71-71--142
    + 2 87. Jim Rutledge 70-72--142
    + 2 87. Kyle Reifers 69-73--142
    + 2 87. Gavin Coles 73-69--142
    + 2 99. Brian Gay 71-72--143
    + 3 99. Stephen Leaney 71-72--143
    + 3 99. J.J. Henry 69-74--143
    + 3 99. Doug LaBelle II 68-75--143
    + 3 99. Jerry Smith 73-70--143
    + 3 99. Brandel Chamblee 73-70--143
    + 3 99. Scott Gutschewski 69-74--143
    + 3 99. Don Yrene 73-70--143
    + 3 99. Matt Hendrix 73-70--143
    + 3 99. Jeff Brehaut 73-70--143
    + 3 99. Bubba Watson 69-74--143
    + 3 110. D.J. Trahan 73-71--144
    + 4 110. David Duval 72-72--144
    + 4 110. Craig Bowden 71-73--144
    + 4 110. Nick Flanagan 74-70--144
    + 4 110. Richard S. Johnson 71-73--144
    + 4 110. Robert Gamez 70-74--144
    + 4 110. Billy Andrade 72-72--144
    + 4 110. Bob Heintz 69-75--144
    + 4 110. Michael Boyd 71-73--144
    + 4 119. Robert Garrigus 70-75--145
    + 5 119. Kevin Stadler 73-72--145
    + 5 119. Mark Calcavecchia 71-74--145
    + 5 119. Bryce Molder 73-72--145
    + 5 123. Dicky Pride 74-72--146
    + 6 123. Eric Axley 72-74--146
    + 6 123. Darron Stiles 70-76--146
    + 6 126. Colt Knost 74-74--148
    + 8 127. Tom Johnson 72-77--149
    + 9 127. Niklas Lemke 76-73--149
    + 9 129. Charley Hoffman 74-77--151
    + 11 129. Steve Wheatcroft 76-75--151
    + 11 DQ. Tripp Isenhour 73-74--DQ


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